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California: Crop situation as of 25 September

28/09/2021 - François-Xavier Branthôme - 2021 Season
For week thirteen ending September 25th, PTAB is estimating 719,412 metric tonnes (mT) (793,016 short tons, sT) will have been delivered to the factories; another 679,364 mT (748,871 sT) are estimated to be harvested in week fourteen which ends September 25th. Provisional total (8,885,118 mT) at this date would still be almost 12% lower than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time (10,129,315 mT). 

The latest comment published by WestConFoods points out that “a drop off in deliveries will occur for the week ending 10 September since a few factories will be shutting down.”


The 2021 California Organic processing tomato deliveries for the twelfth week ending September 18th were 15,860 mT (17,484 sT). The total tons YTD for week ending September 18th is 560,075 mT (617,377 sT), or 7.5% of the total delivered quantities. “Weekly tons are starting to drop off, but 2021 pack is the second largest organic crop to date”, some 5% behind the first one which occurred in 2016 and led to the total of 668,428 mT. Provisional total is 19% higher than in 2020 on the same date and 32% higher than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time.

PTAB figures for week ending September 18 state that 326,380 loads were delivered to date (23,581 less loads delivered in 2021 than in 2020), of which 55% were delivered in the Southern region (and 29% in the North), with YTD solids reaching 5.30 compared to 5.27 for the same time period in the 2020 season, or 0.03 higher.

Taking the current figures into consideration, quantities being harvested will bring the provisional processed total at the end of this week to just above 88% of the new official target of the season (10.07 million mT or 11.1 million sT). 


Sources: PTAB, Westcon Foods
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